Software Analysis

At McGill University, the computer engineering program evolved out of the electrical engineering program, so it was very EE-oriented. I was required to take four separate courses that involved (analog) circuit analysis: fundamental of electrical engineering, circuit analysis, electronic circuits I, and electronic circuits II.

I’m struggling to think of what the equivalent of “circuit analysis” would be for software engineering. To keep the problem structure the same as circuit analysis, it would be something like: Given a (simplified model of?) a computer program, for a given input, what will the program output?

It’s hard to imagine even a single course in a software engineering program dedicated entirely to this type of manual “program analysis”. And yet, reading code is so important to what we do, and remains such a difficult task.

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